Patricia Shih and Cool Daddy
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Patricia Shih and Cool Daddy

Huntington, New York, United States | SELF

Huntington, New York, United States | SELF
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"One of the most engaging vocalists around"

Shih is one of the most engaging, emotive, enlightened and thoroughly entertaining vocalists around. Her original compositions are literate, melodic and meaningful. Her heartfelt songs are imbued with feeling and real emotion and exude an uplifting spirit. Shih imparts important social messages without preaching, reaching out to her listeners and into their hearts, minds and funnybones with her sensitive and often humorous songs. - The Long Islander

"Music with Messages for Young Ears--Pitching big ideas to small listeners"

Patricia Shih is delighting youngsters with her songs about diversity, self-esteem, tolerance and other important lessons. "She was really cool," said 8 year old Anthony L. "I learned a lot of things, like don't talk to strangers, don't go in their cars and say no to drugs." There's no shortage of people trying to telegraph messages to children. What Ms. Shih does that is different is use interactive songs whose lyrics are simple enough for a 5 year old to understand, but whose messages are at once sophisticated and mature. The trio does more than 200 performances annually throughout the US. - New York Times


Sometimes the people who create music and story tapes seem more magician than artist. They jolly the car seat crowd into singing through the miles. Shih tackles topics such as tolerance and independent thinking with lyrics that are thought-provoking rather than preachy. "Courage," a small masterpiece about not going along with the crowd, should be required listening for everyone in the process of growing up. - Parents' Choice Magazine

"2004 Woman of Distinction Award"

Patricia Shih's talent cannot be categorized by a single word. The epitome of a "renaissance woman," Shih pours her love of the arts into each medium she touches. As a singer/songwriter and musician, Shih performs over 200 concerts annually throughout North America. She has shared the stage with many noted performers including Bonnie Raitt, Pete Seeger, Emmylou Harris and Tom Paxton. - Distinction Magazine

"A real discovery: Freight and Salvage concert, Berkeley, CA"

...confident, and filled with messages of life's value. Shih sang with a folk-revival voice in the alto-bordering- on-soprano range that Joni Mitchell and Judy Collins also cover. Her subject matter was never trivial. Shih has a song for every occasion and cause. "The Human Catastrophe" is one of her best, a funny song about people who don't like their bodies because they are too fat or too thin although their loved ones accept them as they are. a real discovery. - The Tribune

"Robert Sherman review"

Quite an original flair...very lovely! A warmth and a sparkle and a wit that's very special. - WQXR FM, New York

"Review, school show"

Dancing in their seats, cheering and waving and singing along, elementary school students are getting a dose of multiculturalism from the folk-fusion performer, along with a lesson about life in the Vietnam era. For the children's singer and songwriter, the concert is her own brand of social activism. "All my music has a positive slant to it. I hope to give children a feeling of empowerment so that they can do something even in a tiny little way. They can effect their world, their friends, their family, their community, their school. They have the power to do that." - New York Times


Her vivacious personality, keen sense of humor, and socially conscious lyrics won her audience over from her first notch. - Babylon Beacon

"Patricia Shih: A Calming Voice in the Storm"

In a world that sometimes brings violence too close to today's kids, Patricia Shih is a clear and comforting voice. "I want to bring the larger world into their smaller world and teach them about character," says Shih. They are young and impressionable, eager and enthusiastic, and they want to hear what you have to give them. Music is a heart opener, and it frees the mind as well." The singer recounts a time when she was performing adult music at a Catholic retreat. A young woman approached and told her that she still remembered Shih's music from when she was back in the sixth grade. It's this simple but lasting connection that makes performing special for Shih. - Long Island Parenting Magazine

"Standing ovation"

To have seen folk singer Patricia Shih meant that you partook in an inspirational experience. There was music and dancing in both the mind and body. Shih was extremely animated and used her gift of voice effectively to involve the audience with her performance. The audience gave a standing ovation. - Stony Brook Statesman


"Woman with One Closed Eye" (adult); "Leap of Faith" (adult); "Making Fun!" (family); "Big Ideas!" (family); "The Power of One" (family); "Your ImaginEngine!" (family); "Rainbow Sign" (compilation)

Many artists have recorded Ms. Shih's songs, and she has contributed songs to numerous compilation CDs.

Patricia has also written a book for amateur, semi-pro and even seasoned professional musicians to help them get to the next level in their careers. "Gigging: A Practical Guide for Musicians" is published by Allworth Press, NYC

Her second book, "Truly Rotten Gigs from Hell", a compilation of true stories from musicians like Pete Seeger, Peter Yarrow, The Smithereens and many more, was released May 2010.



Patricia began writing songs at age 12 and hasn't stopped since. She has written over 250 alone and with others. She has performed all over North America, touring for decades in all kinds of venues for all ages, from toddlers to seniors. Author, TV personality, recording artist, songwriter, singer--all describe this versatile artist. Venues have asked her back again and again, raving about her songs and her voice. She has appeared with Bonnie Raitt, Emmyou Harris, Pete Seeger, Richie Havens, Peter Yarrow, David Bromberg, Tom Chapin, Odetta, Billy Bragg, Janis Ian, Michelle Shocked, Livingston Taylor and Tom Paxton, among others. Her songs are recorded and performed by numerous other artists throughout the world, have been published internationally (Sing Out!, the Rise Up Singing Songbook and much more), and have won awards and accolades in the National Parenting Publications (Gold Award, highest rank), American Songwriting Festival, The New York Songwriters Showcase, Parents' Choice Awards and the BACCA Songwriting Competition. Featured articles on Ms. Shih have appeared in The New York Times, Oakland Tribune, Acoustic Guitar Magazine and Newsday. In 2004 she was honored with the prestigious Woman of Distinction Award, and in 2007 she received the Fortune 52 Woman Making a Difference honor.